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Art With Healing Practices: Gallery 555


An artwork by Stacey SprouleYou turned it on the world, that's when you turned the world around, gel pen on paper by Stacey Sproule

Located on Bloor Street in Toronto, Ontario, Gallery 555 is a contemporary gallery space focused on showcasing emerging artists. The space combines art with healing practices including in-house acupuncture and yoga workshops.


An artwork by Rebecca ChaperonGather, acrylic on paper by Rebecca Chaperon

 

I’m really enjoying looking through the catalog of current…

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Headlines: South Korea, Voyager, Catalonia

1) China Lifts Ban on South Korean Art


A US missile defense system installed in South Korea

 

China has lifted its ban on South Korean art after nearly a year. The ban, which included not only visual art but other cultural exports like Korean music and television, was originally put in place by China after South Korea installed a series of U.S. air defense systems in Seongju, just south of the capital, Seoul. The defense systems were installed in response to the increased missile threat…

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Marketplaces and Exhibitions at Blackberry Gift Shop


An image of a paper cutting by Yolanda CheungSilent Tiger, matted and framed paper cut, Yolanda Cheung

Port Moody-based Blackberry Gift Shop and Artist Co-Op offers local British Columbia artists a chance to display and sell their works. Founded in 1997, the society puts on numerous annual marketplaces and exhibitions, as well as regular operation of the gift shop.

 

A pair of ceramic jars by Pauline DoyleAnnie and John, ceramic, Pauline Doyle

The Blackberry Gift Shop website includes examples of work by member…

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Jocelyn's Fine Art Gallery: Art and Curation by Jocelyn Duchek


An alcohol ink paper primarily in green tonesA Life That's Good, alcohol ink on Yupo paper (Jocelyn Duchek)

Jocelyn Duchek is the owner of Jocelyn’s Fine Art Gallery in Esterhazy, Saskatchewan. The gallery is home to several resident artists including Ducek herself, who has recently been working with the media of alcohol ink and acrylic paint.

 

A painting of trees and stumps in a woodRoom to Breathe, acrylic on canvas (Branta Studios)

 

I really like seeing the contrast in Duchek’s artworks between her acrylic…

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Headlines: Edit-a-Thon, Violations and Day Jobs

1) MoMA to Host 4th Annual Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon


A photo of participants in the 2016 MoMA Art and Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

This March 11th, MoMA will once again be hosting its annual Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon, an event which will feature panels and discussions about online information and accurate research. The goal of the event, which is being put on the for the fourth consecutive year, is to create more Wikipedia pages for women artists. Edit-a-Thons are also being held in March at various other…

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Headlines: Matthew, Dash Snow and Frieze

1) Five Dutch Paintings Returned After a Decade Missing


The painting Lady World by Jacob Waben
Five artworks from the Dutch Golden Age have been recovered and returned to the Westfries Museum in Hoorn, Netherlands, after being stolen in January of 2005. The original theft, which is thought to have been perpetrated by thieves who hid in a coffin that was being displayed in the museum until after closing, included 24 paintings and 70 pieces of silverware, worth a total of about…

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Headlines: Basel, Roski and Brexit

1) Adrien Brody Attends Art Basel as an Artist


A photo of Adrien Brody at Art Basel Miami Beach in 2015

 

 

The Art Basel art fair took place in Germany over the weekend, and one notable attendee appears to have been Hollywood star Adrien Brody. While other celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio frequently attend the fair with the intent of purchasing for their collections, this time around Brody singled himself out by calling himself an artist. While Brody did indeed have artworks at…

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Headlines: Hong Kong, Witchcraft and Rocks

Designer Turns a Mondrian Painting into a Game of Pong


A still frame of MondriPong by Kristiana Hansen

 

 

It’s Friday! Why not enjoy a fun art-based diversion with this playable Pong game, modeled after the form of a Piet Mondrian painting. The artistic community website B3ta originally set out a challenge for creators to turn famous artworks into videogames. After a user submitted a .GIF fittingly titled “Pongdrian,” designer Kristiana Hansen decided to make the game a…

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Headlines: Art, Politics and a Disobedient Camera

 

1) San Francisco Artists Protest Gentrification


A photo of several artists protesting the Google bus in April 2014

 

Last week we saw that an arts group in Berlin are protesting for more affordable studio space in the city. It would seem the lack of affordable space for artists is becoming a worldwode trend. This week, artists living in San Francisco, CA protest the gentrification of the city that's pushing out the artists and performers that it has previously been so well known for. 

 

2) Bernie…

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Local Fine Artwork at Jocelyn's Fine Art Gallery


An interior view of Jocelyn's Fine Art Gallery in SaskatchewanAn interior view of the gallery

Today’s feature is a whole gallery full of artists! Jocelyn’s Fine Art Gallery in Esterhazy, Saskatchewan, showcases local fine artwork and also offers a selection of art supplies and classes for beginners.

 

An abstract alcohol ink painting with bright green tonesEmerging, Alcohol ink on Yupo paper, Jocelyn Ducheck

The artists represented by the gallery are all local to the town of Esterhazy and produce a wide variety of interesting artworks, from oil…

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Why Going to Galleries is so Important

You're an artist, or you want to be. You love art! You love seeing art! But of course, sometimes life and work gets in the way and it's hard to find the time to stop in at galleries and check out work by fellow artists. Here's a few more reasons to motivate yourself.

 

You'd want people to see your shows...right?

 

This is the most obvious reason. It goes both ways - you as an artist would want people to come out to your openings and…

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What is an Artist Run Centre?

You've probably heard the term a lot: artist run centre - or, if you live in the US, artist run space, or artist run inititative in other countries - but what is an artist run centre? How does it differ from a regular art gallery? How does it benefit you as an artist?

 

The idea of artist-run centres started in the 1960’s, and since then, thousands of small institutions have been founded, built and run by artists and for artists all…

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3 Steps to a Winning Exhibition Proposal

So you think you’ve got the artistic chops to create your own unique art exhibition. How do you prove it to the gallery owners and curators who will potentially be showing your work? Writing exhibition proposals for shows is an extremely valuable skill to have as an artist. You don’t necessarily need to be a great writer to write an exhibition proposal – the most important thing is that you have a clear idea of what you want the…

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Choosing a Gallery to Suit Your Style

Getting your work shown in a gallery is one thing – but getting your work shown at the right gallery is the next step in gaining the recognition that you want for your work. Doing some research about galleries in your area (or in other cities, if you are prepared to ship your artwork) and what their specializations are when it comes to the work they show, can help you immensely in the long run.

 

Each gallery you go to has a different…

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